It is not always possible to round up your friends to play couch coop games, but there are a ton of titles that let you keep the fun going from afar. We assume you are familiar with classics like Minecraft, Fortnite, Among Us, Left 4 Dead 2and GTA Onlineso we have hand-picked a fresh alternative list of the very best online co-op titles.
Our picks cover all kinds of genres: squad-based ninja brawlers, first-person paranormal investigations, pixelated farming simulators, and many more. No matter what you and your friends are into, there’s a PlayStation, Xbox, Windows PC, or Switch experience listed here that’s worth checking out.
Updated May 2022: We added eight games, including Valheim, Phasmophobia, Gang Beasts, and Warhammer: Vermintide 2, and removed several titles.
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